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Gibson Custom Murphy Lab 1959 ES-355 Reissue Stop Bar Light Aged Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Watermelon Red

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Capture the vibe of 1959 with this impeccable reissue.

The Gibson Custom Murphy Lab 1959 ES 335 Reissue accurately captures the revolutionary design of the first semi-hollowbody guitar. It features an impeccable aged finish using techniques developed by Gibson Master Artisan Tom Murphy. If you're a passionate player looking for an heirloom quality Gibson, the ’59 ES-335 might check all of your boxes.

Let’s start with the finish

This 1959 ES-335 was treated to a Light aging—the nitrocellulose lacquer shows more intense checking, along with dings, pick scrapes and slight flaking in spots. It looks like a guitar with 50 plus years of average play wear.

Historically accurate construction

The Custom Shop doesn't fool around when it comes to construction. From laser-scanned dimensions to chemically recreated plastics, their attention to detail makes all the difference. The 3-ply maple/poplar/maple body is lightweight, making it easy to sling on your shoulder. We dig the chunky neck—Gibson calls it a 1959 medium C-shape, and we can attest it's got more meat than ’60s models. The Indian rosewood fretboard has "extra-rolled" binding, giving off a distinctive vintage vibe.

A tone like no other

If chocolate and peanut butter go together well, so do PAFs and a semi-hollowbody guitar. Sure, that metaphor is a reach, but there is something magic about CustomBuckers in the Reissue ES-335. Warm and woody, you'll feel the resonance immediately. It's easy to dial in Clapton's "woman tone," but you can also coax vibrant, clean sounds, too.

This is a no compromise Gibson for passionate players

Gibson made less than 600 ES-335 guitars in 1959; finding an original one in playing condition today requires luck and a large wallet. This Gibson Custom Murphy Lab Reissue will give you the exact same experience, and it's available now at Musician's Friend. It includes a certificate of authenticity, and a brown and pink reissue 5-latch hardshell case.


  • 3-ply maple/poplar/maple body for lightweight comfort and acoustic resonance, aged finish
  • Chunky medium C-profile neck with authentic 1959 feel
  • Dual CustomBuckers for warm and woody sounds
  • Tune-o-matic bridge, stopbar tailpiece, Kluson single line tuners that are aged to match the finish

Turn back the clock to old school rock. Order the ES-335 Reissue today.


Murphy Lab 1959 ES-355 Reissue Stop Bar Light Aged Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body wood: Maple/Poplar/Maple
  • Neck shape: Medium C
  • Neck wood: Solid Mahogany
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Material: Indian rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width/material: 1.687"/Nylon
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Proprietary Humbucker
  • Bridge: Proprietary Humbucker
  • Control layout: Individual volume, Individual tone, Individual volume, Individual tone
  • Bridge type: Fixed Bridge
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Nickel
  • Number of strings: 6 String
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Orientation: Right-handed
  • Country of Origin: United States

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